Archive | March, 2013

NYTimes: The Country That Stopped Reading

7 Mar

The educational machine does not need fine-tuning; it needs a complete change of direction. It needs to make students read, read and read.

This is a discouraging article about the issues of literacy education in Mexico City :


Why I Still Scrapbook

5 Mar

Print versus digital?  It is a question we face on a daily basis with our books, newspapers and our photographs.  If you are like me, you live your life in a mix of print and digital. I read the NY Times online and the Metro Newspaper in print; most of my books are in print but there are a couple of classics I read on my iPad. My photos are not quite as organized; some are on Shutterfly or on Snapfish, a few are on Kodak or saved to my computer and others are on my iPhone.  However, I still love to create scrapbooks using printed photos.

I’ve started to create a system for my scrapbooks. Throughout the year I move photos I think I may use for the scrapbook into a file labeled by year, so at the end of the year I can send them to a photo printing site. Then, I take the printed photos (along with some stickers and bright construction paper) and make my year-end scrapbook.  The process isn’t fully finessed (I still have to figure out how to get my photos from my iPhone to a printable media and usually print them on my home printer), but the process is worth it when I have a scrapbook in hand to commemorate the year.

Like the physicality of books, there is something magical about holding a real photo, versus seeing it on a computer screen. I grew up in a home with many scrapbooks and found joy in reminiscing with my family about our travel adventures and holiday festivities. I find that instead of having a computer full of photo files I rarely look at, I have scrapbooks with selected photos I look at often and that I can share with my friends and family. I look forward to the end of the year when putting the book together and reminiscing of the year in review. I also really look forward to sharing the book with my husband and family and having these printed memories for the years to come.

Here are two photos from my personal scrapbooks:

Weekend in the Poconos (Pennsylvania) with my family and nephew!

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My first Maple Leafs (Toronto) game!

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